| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Ukrainian no-fly zone would end war quicker, says Polish ambassador

Imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would help speed up the resolution of the conflict and save lives, according to the Polish ambassador in Kyiv on Thursday, as Russia continued its relentless bombardment of several cities.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been pleading with NATO to impose a no-fly zone, but the alliance is wary of taking any action that could put it in direct conflict with Russia.

“Every day of delay costs hundreds of human lives,” said Bartosz Cichocki from Kyiv to private broadcaster TVN24. “This is an extension of the conflict that, thanks to the closure of the airspace, could be resolved much more quickly.”

The United States on Tuesday rejected a surprise offer by Poland to transfer its Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to a U.S. base in Germany and put them at the disposal of the United States as a way to replenish Ukraine’s air force.

Poland’s prime minister said on Wednesday that any supply of fighter jets to Ukraine must be done jointly by NATO countries.

  • Reuters